Thursday, October 20, 2016

The future starts now

What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we've been given a brand-new life and everything to live for, including a future in heaven - and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you'll have it all - life healed and whole. 1 Peter 1:3-5 The Message

Our Heavenly Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, a Father full of love and mercy freely available to us. 

Thank you God for your love and mercy. Thank you that you continually watch over us now and in the future. Thank you for that the day when we will be with You - life healed and whole. Amen

Let's just go back to four words in that scripture - "The future starts now!"

What does that mean to you? 

To me, it means that we have access right now to Jesus. We have the authority, In Jesus Name, to the do same or even greater works that He did.

The person who trust me will not only do what I'm doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I've been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I'll do it. That's how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I'll do. John 14:12-14 The Message

By God's grace we have this authority, to be a vessel to bring God's love and freedom into the lives of others. Earlier this week I had the privilege of being on the team at our church's healing service. We witnessed people come with their hearts open ready to receive from God. The Holy Spirit ministered hope, love and healing to many. As I reflect on it now, I do think, Wow, what a God we have, for each of those people that were open to Him, He met them right where they needed Him.  We have a God who cares about us an unique individuals, because He created us, and He wants to see us live our lives as He planned them.

"For I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. Jeremiah 29:11-13 NLT

Question for today, what does, 'the future starts now' mean to you? If you are not sure, why not take some time now to ask God and be expectant that He will tell you, because He is for you.

What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Romans 8:31 NLT

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